Preventing Bushmeat Poaching in Africa's Forests

Nov 16, 2010

Ituri Forest November Update

poacher in Eastern DR Congo
poacher in Eastern DR Congo

The Okapi Conservation Project Education Team recently conducted a seminar on wildlife poaching for the DRC Army based in nearby Mambasa on the eastern side of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.  This was one of the first times we have had the opportunity to talk directly with the Army personnel in the region about the elephant and wildlife poaching problems in the Reserve.  Many times poachers are ex-military personnel who are exploiting the natural resources of the forest, and they are often well armed and dangerous.  The project, and our partners the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature will continue our dialogue with the military leaders to help create an understanding of the current poaching issues and to enlist their help to control the dangerous poachers.


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John Lukas

Jacksonville, Florida United States

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